Trayvon Martin’s life was cut short on February 26th, 2012, when he was shot by George Zimmerman while walking back home in Sanford, Florida. The resulting media storm, controversy and trial have long overshadowed Martin’s short life. Who was Trayvon Martin? The following are 10 interest things about the unarmed teenager whose life–but not legacy–was ended in 2012.
He wanted to pursue a career in aviation
Trayvon was interested in pursuing aviation as a potential career; in 2009, he enrolled in the Experience Aviation program, a local program designed to allow teenagers to experience what it would be like to have a career in aviation, and from there his interest in aviation as a career grew. He attended classes at the George T. Baker Aviation School as well. His parents said he had plans to attend University of Miami or Florida A&M University after high school.
He liked outdoor athletics
Travyon’s parents were dedicated to letting him experience as many activities as possible, so he was able to join in on many types of outdoor athletics, including horseback riding and skiing.
He had no criminal record
Despite some media reports to the contrary, Trayvon had no criminal record at the time of his death. He had–like many teens–been suspended from school on a few occasions.
His older brother was a member of the Role Models for Excellence Project
Travyon’s brother, Jahavaris, was a member of the 5000 Role Models of Excellence Project. The project, founded 20 years ago by Florida Representative Frederica Wilson, is a mentoring program designed to address the concerns and needs of at-risk boys in the Miami-Dade school district.
He once saved his father’s life
When Trayvon was only 9 years old, he saved his father’s life during a fire at their apartment. Their apartment had caught fire and his father became unable to move due to burns on his legs. 9 year-old Trayvon pulled his father out of the apartment and saved his life.
He volunteered at the park
During his teen years, Trayvon was a volunteer at local Forzano Park, where he worked at a concessions stand.
He liked to build and repair bikes
Martin was highly skilled at building, repairing and riding various types of dirt bikes and pocket bikes. His cousin, Stephen Martin, recalled that Trayvon also excelled at riding bikes and knew how to repair even bikes that some professional repairman probably wouldn’t touch.
A foundation has been set up in his honor
In 2012, the Trayvon Martin Foundation was established in his honor. The foundation was started by his parents, whose goal with the foundation is to contribute to the end of gun violence.
He was born on February 2nd, 1995
Trayvon was born in Miami Florida on February 2nd, 1995, to father Tracy Martin and mother Sybrina Fulton.